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The Herald Sun Tour is an Australian professional bicycle race held in Melbourne and provincial Victoria, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The first tour was held in October 1952 as a six-day event. It is now held annually over five days in February. It is named after the Herald Sun, Melbourne's only daily tabloid newspaper. It was originally known as the Sun Tour after The Sun News-Pictorial, and changed its name when The Sun News-Pictorial merged with The Herald in 1990.

Herald Sun Tour
RegionVictoria, Australia
Local name(s)Jayco Herald Sun Tour
CompetitionUCI Oceania Tour (2.1)
TypeStage race
Race directorScott McGrory
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First edition1952 (1952)
Editions66 (as of 2019)
First winner Keith Rowley (AUS)
Most wins Barry Waddell (AUS) (5 wins)
Most recent Dylan van Baarle (NED)


In 1952 the first general classification winner was Keith Rowley, a Maffra sheep farmer, in a time of 42 h 57 min 55 s. The first King of the Mountain and Sprint champion was Jack (John) McDonough from Coburg.

Australian cyclists dominated the first 30 editions of the race, before its status rose and began attracting overseas stars. By the year 2000, the race had shifted to October and Australia's cyclists racing in Europe began to compete in the race. The resulting rise in the event's standard saw the race become rated by the UCI for the first time in 2005. Several notable Australian cyclists have won the General classification including Stuart O'Grady in 2008, Baden Cooke in 2002, Neil Stephens in 1986, and Russell Mockridge in 1957.

The 2004 race was conducted from 14 to 24 October 2004 and involved 85 cyclists in seventeen teams of five. Thirteen stages were completed with a total distance of 1110.7 km, 119 intermediate sprints and 37 hill climbs, including the two category one climbs of Mount Baw Baw and in the Otway Ranges. Swedish rider Jonas Ljungblad won the General classification in the time of 26 h 39 min 55 s. Karl Menzies won the sprint classification and Phillip Thuaux won the Mountains classification.

After the 2009 race, the organisers of the Herald Sun Tour proposed moving the race from its traditional October date to February, with no edition in 2010. Cycling Australia approved the move,[1] but in the face of opposition from the UCI,[2] the plans never came to fruition. In the end, the 2010 race was "held over" due to the 2010 UCI Road World Championships being held in Geelong and Melbourne, and the race returned to the calendar in October 2011.[3] The UCI accepted a change of date the following year, with a January 2013 date instead of October 2012, but downgraded the race from 2.1 to a National Event, preventing most professional teams from across the world from taking part.[4]


The next edition of the Tour was held from 5–9 February 2014, and regained a UCI 2.1 ranking, permitting top level trade teams to again compete.[5] Due to numerous bushfires across Victoria the last stage of the race was cancelled, with Orica–GreenEDGE rider Simon Clarke declared the winner.[6]


The 63rd edition of the Tour got a huge profile boost when reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Sky confirmed he would be starting his 2016 season at the event, having previously participated in 2008 with the Barloworld team where he finished 4th overall. Froome won the overall title on the final stage on Arthurs Seat, making him the first defending Tour de France champion to win the race, with teammate Peter Kennaugh finishing second. He also took the mountains classification.[7]


The 64th edition of the race was won by Damien Howson of Orica–Scott.[8]


The 65th edition of the Herald Sun Tour was won by Esteban Chaves of the World Tour ranked Mitchelton–Scott team. Michelton Scott dominated the general classification of the 2018 edition with team mates Cameron Meyer (2nd) and previous winner Damien Howson (3rd) rounding out the final podium.[9]


The 66th edition of the race was won by Dylan van Baarle of Team Sky. Rounding out the podium were Nick Schultz of Mitchelton–Scott and Michael Woods of EF Education First.[10]


Rider Team
1952   Keith Rowley (AUS)
1953   Basil Halsall (AUS)
1954   Hector Sutherland (AUS)
1955   Allan Geddes (AUS)
1956   George Goodwin (AUS)
1957   Russell Mockridge (AUS)
1958   John Young (AUS)
1959   Peter Panton (AUS)
1960   Peter Panton (AUS)
1961   John Young (AUS)
1962   Bill Knevitt (AUS)
1963   Bill Lawrie (AUS)
1964   Barry Waddell (AUS)
1965   Barry Waddell (AUS)
1966   Barry Waddell (AUS)
1967   Barry Waddell (AUS)
1968   Barry Waddell (AUS)
1969   Keith Oliver (AUS)
1970   Trevor Williamson (AUS)
1971   Graham McVilly (AUS)
1972   Ken Evans (AUS)
1973   Graham McVilly (AUS)
1974   Graham McVilly (AUS)
1975   John Trevorrow (AUS)
1976   Peter Besanko (AUS)
1977   John Trevorrow (AUS)
1978   Terry Hammond (AUS)
1979   John Trevorrow (AUS) Warracknabeal
1980   David Allan (AUS) Pony Sport Holland
1981   Clyde Sefton (AUS) Mansfield
1982   Terry Hammond (AUS) Clemenso-Mavic
1983   Shane Sutton (AUS) Clemenso-Mavic
1984   Gary Sutton (AUS) Clarence Street Cyclery
1985   Malcolm Elliott (GBR) Raleigh-Weinmann
1986   Neil Stephens (AUS) Repco
1987   Stefano Tomasini (ITA) Remac-Fanini
1988   Adri van der Poel (NED) PDM-Ultima-Concorde
1989   Marcel Arntz (NED) Paternina
1990   Udo Bölts (GER) Caltex
1991   Michael Engleman (USA) Coors Light
1992   Bart Bowen (USA) Subaru-Montgomery
1993   David Mann (GBR) Coors Light-Serotta
1994   Christian Henn (GER) Team Telekom
1995   Andy Bishop (USA) Echuca-Moama
1996   Scott Moninger (USA) Tattersall's
1997   Norman Alvis (USA) Sweethearts Oranges
1998   Alessandro Pozzi (ITA) Sweethearts Oranges
1999   Michael Blaudzun (DEN) home–Jack & Jones
2000   Eugen Wacker (KGZ) Mróz-Supradyn Witaminy
2001   Peter Wrolich (AUT) Gerolsteiner
2002   Baden Cooke (AUS) Française des Jeux
2003   Tim Johnson (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
2004   Jonas Ljungblad (SWE) Amore & Vita-Beretta
2005   Simon Gerrans (AUS) AG2R Prévoyance
2006   Simon Gerrans (AUS) AG2R Prévoyance
2007   Matthew Wilson (AUS)
2008   Stuart O'Grady (AUS) CSC–Saxo Bank
2009   Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Garmin–Slipstream
2010 No race
2011   Nathan Haas (AUS) Genesys Wealth Advisers
2012 No race
2013   Calvin Watson (AUS) Jayco-VIS-Apollo
2014   Simon Clarke (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
2015 [6]   Cameron Meyer (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE
2016 [7]   Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2017 [8]   Damien Howson (AUS) Orica–Scott
2018 [9]   Esteban Chaves (COL) Mitchelton–Scott
2019   Dylan van Baarle (NED) Team Sky


  1. ^ SBS Cycling Central, "Date change for Jayco Herald Sun Tour", 24 February 2010, [1], accessed 30 May 2011
  2. ^ The Age, "Herald Sun Tour bid appears doomed", 23 January 2010, [2], accessed 30 May 2011
  3. ^ Leo Schlink, "2011 Jayco Herald Sun Tour back with a bang", The Herald Sun, 25 March 2011, [3], accessed 30 May 2011
  4. ^ "Gerrans questions lack of UCI ranking for Jayco Herald Sun Tour", Velonation, [4], accessed 23 December 2012
  5. ^ "Herald Sun Tour to regain UCI status", SBS Cycling Central, 16 September 2013, accessed 17 September 2013
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  7. ^ a b "Chris Froome wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour". 7 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Howson wins 2017 Herald Sun Tour". 5 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Herald Sun Tour 2018". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour". Retrieved 3 February 2019.

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